We had a lovely Twitter time last night with Risha Mullins, a teacher who faced challenges to books she used with students. She reminded us of why we continue to maintain our commitment to SpeakLoudly. Today, as I was browsing through the state library journal, I happened across the annual report from the Texas ACLU about censorship in the 2009-2010 school year. Once again, most of the challenges (50%) came from the middle school, 29% from elementary, and 13% from high school (where the canon is alive and well and untouched apparently). Overall, the greatest number of complaints had to do with nudity or sexual content (44%) followed by profanity and poor language at 29%. Violence (18%), drug and alcohol presence (17%) were next with offense to religious beliefs (12%) and offensive political, social, or racial content rounding out the top reasons (11%). All told, 78 titles were challenged. Here are some of the titles that met with challenges in Texas:
AND TANGO MAKES THREE (and it appears on the ALA challenged list as well) BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE BURNED (Hi, Ellen), CRANK, GLASS, IDENTICAL CHAINS (Hey, Laurie) ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA FEED GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL NO, DAVID! THE SCHERNOFF DISCOVERIES DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HUNGER GAMES 13 REASONS WHY TWILIGHT
Looks sort of like a most loved YA book list, right?